PM’s announcement 2030 and Tourist Board updates 1700 – 23 Mar 20

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Here are the major points of the PM’s speech as 2030 23 Mar 20 :

  • From tonight, people in Britain will be allowed to leave their homes for only “very limited purposes” – shopping for basic necessities; for one form of exercise a day; for any medical need; and to travel to and from work when “absolutely necessary”
  • People are warned not to meet friends or family members who they do not live with
  • Shopping is only permitted for essentials like food and medicine, and people are advised to do it “as little as you can”
  • Police have powers to enforce the rules, including through fines and dispersing gatherings
  • All shops selling non-essential goods, such as clothing and electronic stores, are ordered to close
  • Libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and places of worship are to close
  • All gatherings of more than two people in public – excluding people you live with – are banned
  • All social events, including weddings and baptisms are banned
  • Funerals are not included in the new restrictions
  • Parks will remain open for exercise but gatherings will be dispersed
  • Restrictions “under constant review” and will be checked again in three weeks. They will be relaxed “if the evidence shows we are able to”

Earlier this evening:

VisitBritain and VisitEngland industry update as at 1700 23 March, including details of industry survey opening today and closing 30 March:

http://maxemail.visitbritain.com/rsps/m/RJuX-dcxqGRCHbyNXmSQf3tbwnvgxfUIiHTb6BYqDjk

and Visit Wales update including additional measure aimed at holiday and caravan parks etc. taken there:

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKWALES/bulletins/282bc5f

Clearly the situation is fast moving, more to follow as we receive it.

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